Art, creativity and wisdom downtown.

Painting of female face in window of a small shop in East Village containing odd bits of art and miscellaneous used items.
Painting of female face in window of a small shop in East Village containing odd bits of art and used items.

Enjoy these miscellaneous photos of interesting things I’ve spotted while walking around downtown. Examples of artistry and creativity can be seen almost everywhere. Even a bit of wisdom. One simply has to look.

A fancy bird cage dangles beside Pappalecco, a cool Little Italy cafe.
A decorative bird cage dangles above the sidewalk beside Pappalecco, a popular Little Italy cafe.
Wine bottles converted into interesting human characters in the window of Michael J Wolf Fine Arts in the Gaslamp.
Wine bottles converted into human musicians in the window of Michael J Wolf Fine Arts in the Gaslamp.
Beautiful relief panel at entrance to the Embarcadero's now closed Anthony's Fish Grotto. An underwater scene.
Beautiful relief panel at entrance to the Embarcadero’s now closed Anthony’s Fish Grotto. An underwater scene.
Navy pinup artwork on a tattoo parlor's entrance sign in the Gaslamp.
Navy pinup artwork on a tattoo parlor’s entrance sign in the Gaslamp.
Wisdom on a corner of a downtown building. Give love. Get love.
Wisdom on a corner of a downtown building. Give love. Get love.
This artistic metal gate definitely caught my eye as I walked around San Diego!
This artistic metal gate definitely caught my eye as I walked around San Diego!
The mosaic tilework of an eatery's outdoor table in East Village.
The mosaic tilework of an eatery’s outdoor table in East Village.
Colorful tiles beneath ivy above a garage door.
Colorful tiles beneath foliage above a garage door.
Depiction of a city on the wall of Sixth Avenue Bistro.
Depiction of a city on the wall of Sixth Avenue Bistro.
Fancy artwork on column inside interior courtyard of La Pensione Hotel.
Fancy artwork painted on a column.  Photo taken in the lobby courtyard of La Pensione Hotel.
Interesting twisty iron gate and shadows.
Interesting twisted iron gate and shadows on the wall behind it.
Fascinating lamppost along Broadway near Harbor Drive.
Unusual bent lamppost along Broadway near Harbor Drive.
Cool painting of male face found leaning up against a dumpster enclosure on Cortez Hill.
Cool painting of male face found leaning up against a dumpster enclosure on Cortez Hill.

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Cool discoveries on New Year’s Day!

Cool artwork on wall in the famous Donut Bar in downtown San Diego.
Cool artwork on wall in the famous Donut Bar in downtown San Diego.

Another year. More opportunities for discovery!

Yesterday’s storm ended and the sun came out. So I decided to take a wander around my fair city on New Year’s Day.

I started mid-morning and went for hours, taking photos of everything and anything at my leisure. Mixed among more ordinary looks at life were a few cool discoveries.

I met two friendly street artists during my walk–Carlos and Juli–and meant to include a couple photos of their work here, but I’ve decided to write a special separate blog post tomorrow. Look for it!

My first stop this morning was the Donut Bar. One Boston Creme, please! Super yum!
My first stop this morning was the Donut Bar. One Boston Cream, please! Super yum!
Walking past Symphony Towers, I noticed this graphic on their outdoor display. A free concert for the community next weekend!
Walking past Symphony Towers, I noticed this graphic on their outdoor display. A free concert for the community next weekend!
My feet this New Year's Day took me through Horton Plaza Park. I recently posted a blog with photos of the Broadway Fountain lit for Christmas at night.
My feet this New Year’s Day took me through Horton Plaza Park. I recently posted a blog with photos of the Broadway Fountain lit for Christmas at night.
An unexpected discovery! It appears Horton Plaza Park has a time capsule buried between the grass and the Starbucks! History happens here.
An unexpected discovery! It appears Horton Plaza Park has a time capsule buried between the grass and the Starbucks! History happens here.
And a few steps to the west I spotted another plaque at my feet. The Salvation Army held its first San Diego meeting here, March 31, 1888.
And a few steps to the west I spotted another plaque at my feet. The Salvation Army held its first San Diego meeting here, March 31, 1888.
Crossing an intersection in the Gaslamp, I spotted an odd thing at ground level. This tile showing a burglar has been cemented to the asphalt in the middle of the street!
Crossing an intersection in the Gaslamp, I spotted an odd thing at ground level. This tile showing a burglar has been cemented to the asphalt in the middle of the street!
It appears Monkey King is a restaurant soon to open in the Gaslamp Quarter. I discovered a shining gold mural on their wall!
It appears Monkey King is a restaurant soon to open in the Gaslamp Quarter. I discovered a shining gold mural on their wall!
No mural on this wall. A lady in pink shoes walks her dog in downtown San Diego.
No mural on this interesting wall. A lady in pink shoes walks her dog in downtown San Diego.
Just a cool photo of light and shadow and geometry. The tall glass building is the new corporate headquarters of Sempra Energy in East Village.
Just a cool photo of light and shadow and architectural geometry. The tall glass building is the new corporate headquarters of Sempra Energy in East Village.
In East Village, this brightly shining mosaic sculpture in a medical office window caught my eye!
In East Village, this brightly shining mosaic sculpture in a medical office window caught my eye!
Look what I found! These must be new. Two huge baseballs at Petco Park near the Padres Hal of Fame.
Look what I found! These must be new. Two huge baseballs at Petco Park near the Padres Hall of Fame.
One huge baseball has the autographs of the 1984 National League Champion Padres!
One huge baseball has the autographs of the 1984 National League Champion Padres!
And, of course, the second baseball has the autographs of the 1998 National League Champion team!
And, of course, the second baseball has the autographs of the 1998 National League Champion team!
A car carrier freight train covered with graffiti has stopped along Harbor Drive.
A car carrier freight train covered with graffiti has stopped along Harbor Drive.
People crossing the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge seem to walk in the clouds
People crossing the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge seem to walk in the clouds.
Tourists on Segways pass the Coming Together sculpture by artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
Tourists on Segways pass the Coming Together sculpture by artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
The Holiday by the Bay ice rink near the Hilton San Diego Bayfront seems to be winding down. A few skaters were out on New Year's Day morning.
The Holiday by the Bay ice rink near the Hilton San Diego Bayfront seems to be winding down. A few skaters were out on New Year’s Day morning.
Folks with a dog walk along San Diego Bay, approaching the high masts of superyachts.
Folks with a dog walk along San Diego Bay, approaching the high masts of superyachts.
Two superyachts behind the convention center have really, really, REALLY high masts!
Two superyachts behind the convention center have really, really, REALLY high masts!
The futuristic black superyacht Ahimsa has been docked in San Diego for many months. According to one website it's worth 80 million dollars. Passersby have referred to it as the Bat-boat!
The futuristic black superyacht Ahimsa has been docked in San Diego for at least a year, it seems. According to one website it’s worth 80 million dollars. Passersby have referred to the sleek vessel as the Bat-boat!
The San Diego International Car Show is taking place this weekend. Test drives can be taken in the parking lot behind the convention center.
The San Diego International Car Show is taking place this weekend. Test drives can be taken in the parking lot behind the convention center.
Looks like some folks will be test-driving a new Ford.
Looks like some folks will be test-driving a new Ford.
I saw this guy walking along with a large flag. I didn't think to pursue him and ask why.
I saw this guy walking along with a large flag. He seemed to be on a mission. I didn’t think to pursue him and ask why.
Just beautiful yachts in the Marriott Marina.
Just beautiful yachts in the Marriott Marina.
I am fortunate to live in such a beautiful city.
I am fortunate to live in such a beautiful city.
I spied the new downtown San Diego Central Courthouse between the Marriott Marquis buildings. I believe the courthouse's construction is nearly finished.
I spied the new downtown San Diego Central Courthouse between the silvery Marriott Marquis buildings. I believe the courthouse’s construction is nearly finished.
The Silvergate ferry heads toward Coronado beyond the Embarcadero Marina Park South fishing pier.
The Silvergate ferry heads toward Coronado beyond the Embarcadero Marina Park South fishing pier.
Two pelicans hanging out at the pier. A good day to kick back and fish.
Two pelicans hanging out at the pier. A good day to kick back and fish.
People descend the San Diego Convention Center steps that lead to the Flame of Friendship sculpture.
People descend the San Diego Convention Center steps that lead to the Flame of Friendship sculpture.
An art installation in the new passageway between the Marriott and Hyatt waterfront hotels titled Kelp, created by artists Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann of After Architecture.
An art installation in the new passageway between the Marriott and Hyatt waterfront hotels titled Kelp, created by artists Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann of After Architecture.
Dogs relax with a human near Seaport Village.
Dogs stretch and relax with a human near Seaport Village.
Lots of cranes in the skyline lately! The two nearby are for fishing boats. The big one on the left is for the new InterContinental Hotel. On the right, a high crane rises by the Pacific Gate by Bosa.
Lots of cranes in the skyline lately! The two nearby are for fishing boats. The construction crane on the left is for the new InterContinental Hotel. On the right, a high crane rises by Pacific Gate by Bosa.
On New Year's Day lots of people are enjoying a walk by the water. I see two Navy oilers docked at North Island.
On New Year’s Day lots of people are enjoying a walk by the water. I see what appear to be two Navy oilers docked at North Island.
Uh, oh! Look what I spotted. The live bait seiner Cachalot seems to be drifting away from the Tuna Harbor Pier! Perhaps last night's storm is the reason.
Uh, oh! Look what I spotted. The live bait-catching seiner Cachalot seems to be drifting away from the Tuna Harbor’s G Street Pier! Those ropes seem loose.  Perhaps last night’s storm is the reason.
In San Diego, walks are often accompanied by music.
In San Diego, walks are often accompanied by music.
Very strange--Wisconsin's Pulaski Red Raiders High School marching band in San Diego today! Why? A little searching indicated that they will will perform tomorrow morning in the Tournament of Roses Parade!
Very strange!  Wisconsin’s Pulaski High School Red Raiders marching band is in San Diego today! Why? A little searching indicated that they will will perform tomorrow morning in the Tournament of Roses Parade, up north in Pasadena!
That isn't a cruise ship. It's the MV World Odyssey, a floating classroom! Its Semester at Sea allows students to study while touring the world!
That isn’t a cruise ship. It’s the MV World Odyssey, a floating classroom! Its Semester at Sea allows students to study abroad, while touring the world!
Dozens of sailboats out on San Diego Bay during New Year's Day. It's a sailing regatta!
Dozens of sailboats out on San Diego Bay during New Year’s Day. It’s a sailing regatta!
Curious gulls analyze a bicyclist at the Embarcadero's new observation deck, just north of the Broadway Pier. Life is full of surprises.
Curious gulls analyze a bicyclist at the Embarcadero’s new observation deck, just north of the Broadway Pier. Life is full of surprises!

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Weird, bizarre animal discovered at old warehouse!

A bizarre, extremely rare animal was discovered yesterday at the old dilapidated Jerome's warehouse in San Diego's East Village.
A bizarre, extremely rare animal was discovered yesterday at the old Jerome’s warehouse in San Diego’s East Village.

Look what I discovered! I was walking down the sidewalk near the old, dilapidated Jerome’s warehouse in East Village when something caught my astonished eye! A weird, bizarre animal jumped at me from the crumbling building!

This particular weird creature was not found in the Coliseum. I know the Colosseum in Rome is filled with feral cats.
This particular weird creature did not jump out of the Coliseum. I know the Colosseum in Rome is filled with feral cats.
Look on the old Jerome's warehouse wall! It's a bizarre rat-like animal that farts green gas! Artist Adam Hathorn is Honkey Kong!
Look!  On the Jerome’s warehouse wall! It’s a bizarre rat-like animal that farts green gas! Artist Adam Hathorn is Honkey Kong!

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Even more cool street art at SILO in East Village!

A sexy San Diego lady and graffiti on a wall inside the very unique SILO venue in East Village.
A sexy San Diego lady and graffiti on a wall inside the very unique SILO venue in East Village.

Check out these photos!   I discovered more street art murals at SILO in East Village!

I’ve blogged about this very cool special event venue several times in the past, here and here and here.  The spray-painted murals and graffiti are constantly changing, and there are a number of newer works that I hadn’t seen until I walked by this morning. Here they are!

The wall along F Street at SILO has been painted with various cool bits of urban art. That doughnut is making me hungry.
The wall along F Street at SILO has been painted with various cool bits of urban art. That doughnut is making me hungry.
A San Diego Sea Walls mural on the same wall features a bearded face and two hands. Not sure about the symbolism.
A San Diego Sea Walls mural on the same wall features a bearded face and two hands. Not sure about the symbolism.
Walking along the sidewalk, we now spy a funky purplish face.
Walking along the sidewalk, we now spy a funky purplish face.
A squished-up greenish face.
A squished-up greenish face.
An orange face with oddly protruding eyeballs.
An orange face with oddly protruding eyeballs.
Some colorful graffiti I hadn't seen previously inside SILO. It's probably been a year since I walked by here. Took this and the following photos through a fence.
Some colorful graffiti I hadn’t seen previously inside SILO. It’s probably been a year since I walked by here. I took this and the following photos through a fence.
Looks like a strange scene from Alice in Wonderland.
Looks like a strange scene from Alice in Wonderland.
Female face spray painted on a wall.
Female face spray painted on a wall.
A look down into the fantastic SILO special event venue. I don't recall seeing that cargo container before.
A look down into the fantastic SILO special event venue. I don’t recall seeing that cargo container before.
Just tons of cool images. Like a crazy dream in the center of the city! I think that mural on top might be somewhat new.
Just tons of cool images. Like a crazy dream in the center of the city! I think that mural on top might be somewhat new.
A very cool abstract jumble of street art on a brick wall.
A very cool abstract jumble of street art on a brick wall.
Looks like some sort of cosmic bird deities have arrived from outer space. You tell me what this one means!
Looks like some sort of cosmic bird deities have arrived from outer space. You tell me what this one means!

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Holiday fun at the new SMARTS Farm in East Village!

People check out many planters full of vegetables and flowers at the new SMARTS Farm in East Village.
People check out many planters full of vegetables and flowers at the new SMARTS Farm in East Village.

Today I walked to East Village in downtown San Diego to check out a holiday event at SMARTS Farm. I didn’t realize that this cool community garden had recently moved. Their new and improved location is at the corner of 13th Street and Broadway.

At SMARTS Farm, anybody is welcome to become an urban gardener–growing flowers or vegetables in the heart of our sunny city. Downtown residents can relax here, kids can learn about farming, botany and nature, and I believe photography classes are still offered.

If you’re ever downtown, swing on by to see for yourself!

SMARTS Farm in San Diego's East Village is a community garden where hearts can grow and minds thrive.
SMARTS Farm in San Diego’s East Village is a community garden where hearts can grow and minds thrive.
A wreath is hung on the barn inside SMARTS Farm to celebrate the holiday season. They've moved to a new location and are open to everyone in the community!
A wreath is hung on the barn inside SMARTS Farm to celebrate the holiday season. They’ve moved to a new location and are open to everyone in the community!
Someone makes a wreath the week before Christmas during a special SMARTS Farm holiday event.
Someone makes a wreath the week before Christmas during a special SMARTS Farm holiday event.
These guys were rolling out yummy pizzas!
These guys were rolling out yummy pizzas!
Walking around the large colorful garden. Schools and community groups can grow their own plants in an urban environment downtown.
Walking around the large colorful garden. Schools and community groups can grow their own plants in an urban environment downtown.
Lessons about how to plant urban crops were underway in the late morning.
Lessons about how to plant urban crops were underway in the late morning.
A young gardener sows some seeds at SMARTS Farm.
A young gardener sows some seeds at SMARTS Farm.
Hands on farming includes a children's garden and plants grown by nearby school KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy--my neighbor on Cortez Hill.
Hands on farming includes a children’s garden and plants grown by nearby school KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy–my neighbor on Cortez Hill.
A pleasant day can be had tending a garden and learning about gardening in the middle of downtown San Diego!
A pleasant day can be had tending a garden and learning about gardening in the middle of downtown San Diego!
Nature, Water, Air. At SMARTS Farm, every day is Earth Day!
Nature, Water, Air. At SMARTS Farm, every day is Earth Day!

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Cool urban art at Quartyard in East Village.

Some cool urban art by Exist1981, created for PangeaSeed's Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans festival. The artwork, located at the Quartyard in East Village, warns that melting sea ice due to climate change will affect polar bear populations.
Cool urban art by Exist1981, created for PangeaSeed’s Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans festival. The public artwork, located at the Quartyard in East Village, warns that melting sea ice due to climate change will affect polar bear populations.

Whenever I walk past Quartyard in San Diego’s East Village, I look around to see what cool urban art I might discover. I took out my camera yesterday and snapped a few photos of the colorful artwork!

Quartyard, at the corner of Market Street and 11th Avenue in San Diego's East Village, is a place where people can gather to eat, drink, talk, and enjoy entertainment.
Quartyard, at the corner of Market Street and 11th Avenue in San Diego’s East Village, is a place where people can gather to eat, drink, talk, and enjoy entertainment.
Mail delivery person heads into Quartyard, an unusual community gathering place made from repurposed shipping containers. Coffee, beer, concerts and food trucks are found here.
Mail delivery person heads into Quartyard, a community gathering place made from repurposed shipping containers. Coffee, beer, concerts and food trucks are found here.
A colorfully painted parking meter stands strangely by the mail box.
A cheerfully painted parking meter stands strangely by a mail box.
The Meshuggah Shack occupies one shipping container. The funky place is known for their great coffee and friendly vibe.
The Meshuggah Shack occupies one shipping container. The funky place is known for their great coffee and friendly vibe.
The Meshuggah Shack offers coffee, tea, oddities, smoothies, noshes, and other fun stuff.
The colorful Meshuggah Shack offers coffee, tea, oddities, smoothies, noshes, and other fun stuff.
Words on one shipping container at the Quartyard proclaims this is Your City Block.
Words on one shipping container at the Quartyard proclaim this is Your City Block.
Sun, water, hungry sharks and a tropical island. I'm not exactly sure what is going on in this crazy street art created by Nick McPherson and MR DVICE.
Sun, water, hungry sharks and a tropical island. I’m not exactly sure what is going on in this crazy street art created by Nick McPherson and MR DVICE.

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Fun photos of Trolley Dances at Fault Line Park!

A fun performance at Fault Line Park in San Diego's East Village during 2016 Trolley Dances!
An imaginative performance at Fault Line Park in San Diego’s East Village during the 2016 Trolley Dances!

Check out these fun photos! They show the energy audiences will experience when they venture downtown to watch the Trolley Dances this year!

The Trolley Dances is all about contemporary dance in surprising public places. This year the Trolley Dances, a collaboration between the San Diego Dance Theater and our Metropolitan Transit System, begins with a performance in Barrio Logan. Mobile audiences, following guides, then make their way by trolley and foot to a variety of unusual downtown locations, where dancers appear like magic and perform. The unique experience lasts about two and a half hours and comes to a conclusion at the relatively new Fault Line Park in East Village. That’s where I snapped a few pics of the final two dances.

I’ll try not to give away too much. Let your imagination go to town–or better yet, buy a ticket. The 2016 Trolley Dances takes places this weekend and next!

A mobile audience arrives at San Diego's Fault Line Park. The park will be the setting of two energetic dances.
A mobile audience arrives at San Diego’s Fault Line Park. The park will be the setting of two energetic dances.
The audience takes a seat. Is something behind that wall?
The audience takes a seat. Is something behind that wall?
Yes, indeed! These dancers seem to have paddled in to shore!
Yes, indeed! These suddenly rising dancers seem to have paddled in to shore!
Perhaps it is an invasion!
Perhaps it’s an invasion!
Dancing on boulders at Fault Line Park! Flight of the Valkyries plays!
Dancing on boulders at Fault Line Park! Flight of the Valkyries plays!
An imaginative work of modern dance at the 2016 Trolley Dances in San Diego.
A unique work of modern dance at the 2016 Trolley Dances in San Diego.
The dancers approach the audience as if rowing a Viking longship...
The dancers approach the audience as if rowing a Viking longship . . .
They have conquered!
They have conquered!
Meanwhile, out on the nearby grass, not far from some folks practicing football, I spot a circle of baseball players...
Meanwhile, out on the nearby grass, not far from some people practicing football skills, I spot a circle of baseball players . . .
These baseball players are also dancers!
These baseball players also happen to be dancers!
Just like professional baseball players, each dancer is introduced by name to the Trolley Dances audience.
Just like professional baseball players, each performer is introduced by name to the Trolley Dances audience.
And a wonderful dance commences...
And a joyful dance commences . . .
Just a lot of fun.
Just a lot of fun.
Dancers rest for a few minutes and await the next mobile audience to arrive at Fault Line Park during the 2016 Trolley Dances.
Dancers rest for a few minutes. They await the next mobile audience that will arrive at Fault Line Park during the 2016 Trolley Dances.

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